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Job Corps Benefits

Program Description

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps enrolls approximately 50,000 young people each year at 126 centers in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Job Corps graduates train in the skills needed to start a career, enlist in the military, or move on to pursue higher education. Students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma through partnerships with local school districts or a high school equivalency credential. Job Corps also provides room and board, counseling and mentoring services, and basic medical care while students are in the program, and career counseling and transitional support for up to 12 months after graduation.

Job Corps offers training in more than 100 career areas, and all programs start students on a path toward industry-recognized credentials.

General Program Requirements

Young people ages 16 through 24 who meet low-income requirements can enroll in the program at no cost to them.

A person is eligible for Job Corps if he or she meets the following criteria:
  • Is a legal U.S. resident; lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, refugee, asylee, or parolee, or other immigrant who has been authorized by the U.S. attorney general to work in the United States; or resident of a U.S. territory
  • Meets low-income criteria
  • Is in need of additional technical training, education, counseling, or related assistance to complete schoolwork or to find and keep a job
  • Has signed consent from a parent or guardian if he or she is a minor
  • Has a child care plan if he or she is the parent of a dependent child
  • Does not exhibit behavioral problems that could keep him, her, or others from experiencing Job Corps' full benefits
  • Does not require any face-to-face court or institutional supervision or court-imposed fines while enrolled in Job Corps
  • Does not use drugs illegally
Because Job Corps is a voluntary program, students choose to enroll in the program and may exit at any time.

*The maximum age limit may be waived if the applicant is a person with a documented disability.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To enroll, call 1-800-733-JOBS [5627] or visit:
https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/Form/StudentApplication

People who are hearing-impaired may call this toll-free TTY number: 1-877-889-5627